BOSTON — Brazilian authorities have been scrambling to contain the effects of climate change as temperatures rise and a new threat to agriculture threatens to destabilize the nation’s agricultural industry.
In the last few years, the government has been grappling with the impact of climate-related crop failure, as well as the effects on its already fragile agri-food sector.
On Sunday, the federal government approved new regulations for farming operations that will require more water, more fertilizer and fertilizer feedstocks and more pesticides.
It also aims to limit greenhouse gases, boost the use of renewable energy, and increase the use and efficiency of existing systems, such as drip irrigation.
The regulations also give the government new powers to enforce the new rules, and the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Liliya Shumirova, said she would not be able to comply.
“We are looking for ways to respond to the climate change, which is affecting agriculture in a negative way,” Shumibu said.
“We are now in the middle of this process.”
In a statement, Shumurova said the new regulations would “address the climate crisis that is affecting the farming sector and the entire economy.”
The new regulations are meant to help farmers, and to address a concern that some Brazilian agri companies, including the giant agribusiness group Monsanto, are shifting away from traditional methods and away from more intensive, high-yielding crops.
But the regulations also come at a time when Brazilian farmers are under increasing pressure to feed their families, as temperatures climb and the drought threatens to make food even more scarce.
Farmers in Brazil’s northeastern state of Paraná are already experiencing crop failures, with crops failing and the government issuing warnings that it would take years to repair.
The government is struggling to keep the price of rice, which accounts for 70 percent of Brazil’s grain exports, at levels not seen since the 1970s.
Farm workers in the state have also begun to lose their jobs, and there have been warnings of a possible collapse in rice prices.
“When we are not able to sell rice to the market, we have no other option than to sell it to our friends in the US,” said Guilherme Bachelet, a farmer in Paraná.
“I have lost my job, and we are in debt.”
The U.S. and European Union have called on Brazil to make more ambitious reforms to tackle climate change and other environmental problems, including by allowing it to regulate greenhouse gases.
Brazil is also the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, which account for about 80 percent of the country’s grain imports.
It has also become a leader in other areas, such to the production of biofuels and biofuilters.
But in the face of mounting environmental problems and mounting losses, Brazil is struggling with its economy.
Last year, the economy shrunk by nearly half, with unemployment at 18 percent, and it has been on a slow recovery.
In a poll by the independent polling group Gallup last year, 70 percent said the economic crisis was affecting Brazil’s quality of life, and 71 percent said climate change was a major problem.
Brazilian agriculture is one of the worlds most important sectors for the country, and some agribuies have been left behind in a changing climate.
In addition to climate change concerns, farmers in Paranagas region of Brazil are also facing a growing threat from the rising sea level that has inundated coastal areas and threatened the coastlines.
“If we have an economic crisis, we lose everything,” said Maria Luiza Gómez, an agronomist with the Paraná state environmental protection agency.
“So we are facing this crisis because we cannot feed our families.”
Gómes farm is located on the outskirts of Paranagás, where the waters are rising about three feet a year.
She said that the rising water levels, which have been increasing in recent years, have made it difficult for her and her family to continue farming.
Gómazes farm is one among several that have been inundated, and she has already lost all of her crop because of the flooding.
She and her husband, who has worked on the land for many years, cannot get a permit to sell their crop to buyers in the U.K. or France because they are still unable to pay for the permits.
“I think we could lose everything if we can’t sell this year,” Gómaes husband, Paulo, said.
Farm groups are also concerned about the drought in Paranagaras, where some areas have already lost 90 percent of their land.
In some areas, crops have already been cut off.
In response, the Brazilian government has launched a project to create new agri/crops to replace the loss of land and feed the growing population.
The government hopes to begin growing crops by 2019, and hopes to have enough land to feed more than 500,000 people.